Rhythm on the River Music Festival

Oh yeah, we’re doing it again!  

Sat July 22nd will be  Rhythm on the River (ROTR) 2017,  Foundry Hall’s free all day music festival featuring original music home grown in Michigan at Riverfront Park in South Haven.

 We have a fantastic lineup so far includingthe Megan Dooley Trio, the Last Gasp Collective and The Accidentals  are headlining!

The Accidentals

We will also feature  local musicians and MI microbrews in the tent.  There’ll be lots of family friendly fun going on all day as well!

Help us make it happen!  We’d love to have volunteers to help us plan activities, set up on Friday evening, various things the day of, and clean up on Sunday morning.  Being part of the Foundry crew is all about fun times and enjoying a beautiful July day on the Black River listening to fantastic music.

We are hoping to have some big sponsors to help us cover the costs of the stage, sound and to pay these bands.  If you are interested or want to pass along the info to someone who is here is a link to our sponsorship info.

If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation to Foundry Hall toward ROTR send it to:
Foundry Hall, PO Box 463, South Haven, MI 49090.

Click here for official festival website.

Recap of ROTR 2016:

We did it!  It was hot, it was so, so hot, but we made it through the day enjoying great music from local and regional musicians, including a debut of South Haven’s premier high school band, BorderLyne, playing their original funk/rock!  and having fun with sidewalk chalk, corn hole, painting the piano and playing music in the tent.   Isabel and Daniel Noguera kicked it all off with their original set – at 13 and 11 these kids are already creating some cool music of their own.  Tom Rasely, Brennan Quinn and Andru Bemis kept us going in the crazy heat and Cold Mountain Child jammed for us into the midday haze (it was really hot!)  Nate Holley held his own on his stage creating full sound with his talented loop pedaling and Jake Simmons and the Little Ghosts shook everyone up as the heat started to break.

Then it cooled off for a rockin’ set from Slim Gyspy Baggage and everyone settled in for the grand finale from the Crane Wives, BUT the cruel, cruel weather turned and an electrical storm cut their set way too short and we all scrambled to gather “trash and treasures” under cover.

So, it was not as we hoped, but we did it!  Little, ol’ all volunteer Foundry Hall managed to pull off an all day event that took a year to plan and hours and hours of hard labor organization.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors without whom this would not have been possible!

Lake Michigan College (Stage Sponsor)

Clementine’s (Headline Sponsor)

Whiteford Wealth Management (Headline Sponsor)

Black River Tavern

Phoenix Records

Sturgis Bank – South Haven Banking Center
Black River Books
Adventure Water Sports
Julia’s Cafe
Phoenix Street Cafe
Bumbleberry Farms

Vanderzee Motorplex

Wolverine Hardware!!  For their awesome engineering skills to get and keep the beer tent up!

The City of South Haven for believing that our festival would be a welcome addition to an already busy summer season for our little town.

And, of course, to the many volunteers who came out and did what it took to get the job done!  We truly appreciate the help of everyone that worked Friday night to Sunday morning!  A one day festival is not a one day affair for sure!  You are GOLDEN!

Gratefully yours,

Foundry Hall, Rhythm on the River committee

Send us your pics!  Here’s a few we got…


July 23rd 2016

July 23rd 2016

Click here for official festival website.

We have put together a  lineup of talented musicians playing in a variety of musical styles that will draw many fans in the area, as well as please those lucky visitors in town that weekend.  This will be a family friendly event, but also sophisticated for music lovers  and entertaining for those just lingering over a snack or beer.


11:00 Noguera Duo
11:30 Brennan Quinn
12:30 Tom Rasely
1:15 Andru Bemis
2:15 Cold Mountain Child
3:15 BorderLyne
4:00 Nate Holley
5:30 Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts
7:00 SlimGypsyBaggage
8:30 The Crane Wives

The Crane Wives

Andru Bemis

Slim Gypsy Baggage

Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts

Nate Holley

Cold Mountain Child

Tom Rasely


Other activities:
*Info tables on Black River conservation projects and the Maritime Museum  * Instrument petting zoo   *Songwriter showcase (throughout the day – Open Mic style sign ups)  *Chalk the sidewalk  *Bean Bag Toss  *Help us paint a piano!

This event is made possible by the following generous sponsors:

Lake Michigan College (Stage Sponsor)

Clementine’s (Headline Sponsor)

Whiteford Wealth Management (Headline Sponsor)

Phoenix Records
Sturgis Bank – South Haven Banking Center
Black River Tavern
Black River Books
Adventure Water Sports
Julia’s Cafe
Phoenix Street Cafe
Bumbleberry Farms

Vanderzee Motorplex

Click here for information on helping us make this happen with a donation or by sponsoring the event.  Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Foundry Hall
220 Broadway, Box B
South Haven, MI 49090

Riverfront Concert Series 2017

The 2017 Riverfront Concert Series is booked!  This is the third year that Foundry Hall has partnered with the City of South Haven to book and present the series for the residents and visitors of South Haven.

This year’s series is brought to you by the following sponsors:

South Haven Visitor’s Bureau
SHOUT for South Haven
Entergy – Palisades
Rotary Club of South Haven
Sunny Brook Resort
Cogdal Vineyards

If you are interested in donating to or sponsoring the series follow this link to the sponsorship information.

2017 Schedule

5/25    South Haven High School Jazz Band

6/1        South Shore Concert Band  Big Band Classics  (SW Michigan)

6/8       Lipbone Redding  One man orchestra (New York City)

6/15    Harborfest

6/22   Jen Sygit Trio   Americana, Folk Roots, Blues  (Lansing)

6/29   Lake Effect Jazz  Contemporary and Classic Big Band (SW Mighigan)

7/6      Zion Lion  Reggae (Kalamazoo)

7/13    Cabildo   Latin Fusion  (Grand Rapids)

7/20    Hired Hands  acoustic blues, jazz  (Kalamazoo)

7/27    Star and Charlie  romance music  (South Haven)

8/3     Kevin McDaniel House Band   oldies and favorites  (South Haven)

8/10   Blueberry Festival

8/17   Casco Band   Community big band (South Haven, Casco Twp)

8/24   Laura Rain and the Ceasars  R&B, soul, blues (Detroit)

8/31    Four Wheel Drive   Country  (Allegan)



Thank you to past sponsors!

The Riverfront Concert Series 2016 was made possible by the following sponsors:

South Haven Community Foundation
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
DASH – Downtown Business Association of South Haven
Entergy – Palisades Power Plant
SHOUT for South Haven
South Haven Health Systems
Cogdal Vineyards
Rotary Club of South Haven
Riverbend Retreat
Victoria Bed and Breakfast

Concerts take place at Riverfront Park on Water Street (south side of the Black River) at 7pm.  Some seating is available as well as lawn space.

In cases of inclement weather the concert will take place at Huron Street Pavilion.